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US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin on Thursday attempted to troll a young environmental activist from Sweden.
Speaking at a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mnuchin was asked if the world’s largest economy is capable of completely and immediately phasing out fossil fuels..
Answering this question, which was put on the agenda by the Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg, Mnuchin asked: «Is she the chief economist or who? … That’s when she goes and studies economics in college, then then he can return and then teach us».
Mnuchin’s attack came two days after Trump and Thunberg dived in absentia at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. After Trump said the US was committed to joining the one trillion tree planting initiative, Thunberg responded that tackling the climate crisis isn’t just about trees..
Thunberg, along with 20 other young climate activists, called on everyone present at the forum to stop «madness» ongoing investment in the exploration and production of fossil fuels and «complete deliverance» from fossil fuels.
Addressing WEF attendees on Tuesday, Thunberg scolded political inaction due to climate emergency.
«I was warned that telling people about the panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing. But don’t worry, this is normal. Trust me, I’ve done this before and I can assure you that it will get you nowhere.», – Thunberg said.
World «in case you haven’t noticed it is currently on fire», she added.
Speaking at a separate event on Tuesday, Trump appeared to launch a thinly veiled attack against the Swedish climate activist.. «To Accept Tomorrow’s Opportunities, We Must Reject Eternal Doom Prophets», – Trump said.
The President of the United States did not name anyone directly during his speech, but urged those present to ignore environmental «alarmists» and them «predictions of the apocalypse».
Before leaving Davos, Trump appeared to hold out an olive branch, saying he would like Thunberg to continue performing..
Speaking about the position of the Trump administration on climate, Mnuchin, in turn, said that the position of the United States was «misunderstood».
«There is a real misinterpretation of US policy. Let me be very clear: President Trump absolutely believes in clean air, clean water, and a clean environment.», – he explained.